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American air power focused primarily on strategic bombing capability with the belief that massive bombing missions held the key to winning a war. Aerial bombardment of vital infrastructures such as industrial plants and military targets will disrupt and eventually paralyze an enemy nation’s capability to sustain a war. Therefore, a large portion of pre-war military budget was allocated for the development of long-range bomber and bombing strategies.

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In addition to strategic bombing, American air power also proved decisive in the area of naval warfare. Together with Japan and Great Britain, the US operated task force carrier groups which not only fought for control of the Pacific, but also greatly extended the striking range of combat aviation aircraft.

The emphasis on long-range bomber however took a toll on the pursuit of fighter aircraft development. When the United States entered the war, the Japanese Zeros and German Messerschmitts were far superior aircraft than the F4F Wildcats of the US Navy. Until new and better aircraft was available, it was up to the exceptional men to fight off against a far superior enemy.

By the war’s end, American bombings had probably played the greatest role in the systematic destruction of the Axis’s war machinery. The epic struggle was finally brought to an end by yet another strategic bomber, the B-29 Superfortress known as “Bockscar” which dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

American Aircraft Listing

Bell P-39 Airacobra
Bell P-63 Kingcobra
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Consolidated PBY Catalina
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
Douglas A-20 Boston/Havoc
Douglas A-26 Invader
Douglas SBD Dauntless
Douglas TBD Devastator
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Grumman F4F Wildcat
Grumman F6F Hellcat
Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura/PV-2 Harpoon
Lockheed Hudson
Martin 167 Maryland/187 Baltimore
Martin B-26 Marauder
Martin PBM Mariner
North American B-25 Mitchell
North American P-51D Mustang
Northrop P-61 Black Widow
Republic P-47D/M/N Thunderbolt
Taylorcraft Auster Series
Vought F4U Corsair
Vought SB2U Vindicator

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